School Reopening Plan
SCCS Reopening Plan Additional Information (Update August 14, 2020)
The Cayuga County Department of Health has updated information regarding communications, screening, scenario protocols, testing, contact tracing, and disinfection/cleaning. In the next couple of days, this information will be incorporated into the district reopening plan.
The Responsible Parties at any school district/ BOCES, will communicate directly with members of the Cayuga County Health Department regarding COVID-19 issues and protocols. The primary COVID-19 contacts at the Cayuga County Health Department are:
Kevin Zippel, PhD., RN Supervising Community Health Nurse
Nancy Purdy, BSN, RN Director of Community Health Services
The Cayuga County Health Department designates (315)-253-1560 for primary use which is answered at the office during typical working hours and after hours by a 24 hour 7 day a week answering service who will contact appropriate personnel as requested.
The Responsible Parties at any school district/ BOCES will communicate with the Cayuga County Health Department for any COVID -19 related concerns and questions pertinent to the operations of their districts including but not limited to the public health and well-being of the District’s students and employees.
The Cayuga County Health Department will communicate with the Responsible Parties at any school district/ BOCES regarding COVID-19 related information or concerns pertinent to the public health and well-being of the District’s students, faculty and staff; including but not limited to quarantine and isolation of students and employees.
The Cayuga County Health Department will communicate with the Responsible Parties at any school district/BOCES if the designated primary contacts change and who they are.
The Responsible Parties at any school district/BOCES will communicate with the Cayuga County Health Department if the designated primary contacts change and who they are.
Close Contact- a close contact is defined as anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 10 minutes starting from 48 hours before the person began feeling sick until the time the patient was isolated.
Contact Tracing- interview a person having been diagnosed with a COVID-19 infection to determine whom they may have been contact with during the timeframe of being infectious in order to prevent spreading of the infection. Contact tracing is led by the Cayuga County Health Department. The school will be required to provide attendance records, contact information and other supportive information as requested to the health department.
Incubation Period- the interval between the time of invasion by an infectious agent and appearance of the first sign or symptom of the disease in question. For SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) , the incubation period is on average 4-5 days but may be as long as 14 days. 5% of persons will develop symptoms in 2 days; 50% of persons will develop symptoms in 5 days; 95 % will develop symptoms within 14 days.
Infectious Period- period of time during which a case is able to transmit a disease to others. The
infectious period for COVID 19 starts 2 days before someone develops symptoms; is most infectious day of symptom onset; and infectiousness wanes over the course of 10 days.
Infectivity of COVID-19 - is determined by its reproduction number, or R0 (pronounced R naught), which current epidemiological estimates suggest lies between1.5 to 3. This means that every COVID-19 patient may infect up to three other people on average.
Isolation- the Health Department will require, through public health order, a person to go into mandatory isolation who has tested positive for COVID-19 and shall be monitored by the health department.
Proximate Contact - It is not necessary for proximate contacts to be placed in quarantine. Being in the same enclosed environment such as a classroom, office, or gatherings but greater than 6 feet from a person displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Precautionary Quarantine- A resident of New York State (NYS) returning from travel to a designated state for designated period of time or an international traveler arriving to NYS are required to quarantine for 14 days. It is possible having traveled to these areas, the traveler is a proximate contact of a positive Covid-19 individual(s).
Self- Care- ability to promote health, prevent disease, maintain health, and cope with illness and disability with or without the support of a health-care provider.
Quarantine- the Health Department will require a person having direct contact to a positive Covid-19 person to mandatory quarantine, through public health order, and will monitor person for development of symptoms. Separating people and limiting movement of people who have or may have been exposed can help to prevent spread of illness from people with COVID-19 before they feel ill or have symptoms.
Southern Cayuga CSD Reopening Plan Update
July 31, 2020
Dear SCCS Friends and Families,
I await news from Albany on whether schools will be permitted to reopen in September. The district is preparing for either contingency and yesterday uploaded our reopening plan to our webpage. I hope you find the information helpful.
Perhaps the biggest challenge remaining is the transportation of students as bus capacity will be severely curtailed due to social distancing. As some families have indicated they plan to keep their kids at home or to drive them to school, principals Luke Carnicelli and Jean Amodeo will continue to reach out to parents to confirm their decision. If families chose to keep their children home, the district will provide remote instruction. Over the next week, we ask families to commit to their decision and we’ll reevaluate the arrangement on November 1.
If you look around at school districts in Central New York, a variety of plans are being presented within neighboring communities. Our hybrid plan balances in-school and remote learning by alternating days. We believe our model will sustain student engagement as students will connect with their teachers and peers in-person every other day. We plan to provide a calendar through Thanksgiving indicating A and B days. We understand that any scenario creates challenges for families and we hope to resume normal operations as soon as possible.
We acknowledge that school for students will look different in the fall. Social distancing, masks, and health checks will be a daily practice. The district will be required to take the temperature and assess the well-being of all students and staff every day. Details for basic safety and wellness guidelines can be found at the beginning of the district’s reopening plan.
A typical day for students should begin with parents/guardians taking their temperature to be sure it is under 100°F. At the bus stop students will be required to wear a mask and have their temperature checked by an adult on the bus, in order to board the bus. We ask elementary parents to remain visible to the driver just in case their child’s temperature exceeds 100o F and they’re not allowed to ride on school transportation. Students will be social distanced on the bus unless seated with siblings.
Upon arrival at school, a health screening will take place and if no sign of illness, students will proceed directly to their classrooms. Anyone displaying signs of illness or a temperature over 100oF will remain isolated until they are picked up by parent/guardian. Detailed protocols for returning to school after an illness begin on page four of the reopening plan. Breakfast will be served in classrooms for the foreseeable future to help reduce student traffic in the hallways.
Once students have settled in classrooms, they may remove their masks if social distancing can be maintained. Elementary classrooms will be self-contained, with two adults working with 12 or fewer students on a daily basis. Our goal is to have no other students or staff members enter a self-contained pod of students at any point during the day. Our safety conscious approach will limit contact and thus lower the potential for infection. Pods of students will eat lunch in the cafeterias; we plan to have two students per table maintaining social distancing. Students will also have multiple recess/outside/mask breaks throughout the day. At the secondary school, students will transition between classrooms on a staggered schedule. Masks will be required whenever they travel outside of the classroom or cafeteria. If social distancing can be maintained, masks may be removed within classrooms. At the end of the day, all students will need to leave campus at dismissal time as there will be no afterschool activities. If fall sports and/or extracurricular activities are allowed to proceed in late September, that will change.
Our school reopening plan provides far greater detail. Please take time to review. Again, it is found on the homepage of the district website. Our primary goal is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff through this difficult time. Further updates will be provided as changes occur. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
SCCS Superintendent of Schools
Southern Cayuga CSD Reopening Plan Overview
New Yorkers have excelled as a community in their efforts to combat the coronavirus. As a result of our willingness to wear masks, maintain social distance, and isolate when needed, the reopening of school buildings is now a possibility for September 2020.
Southern Cayuga CSD has been planning for one of three potential scenarios for the fall. A return to in-person learning, a continuation of remote learning, or a combination of the two. The administrative team has reviewed extensive guidance documents provided by the NYS Department of Health and the NYS Department of Education to develop a reopening plan for our schools. We believe that students and staff need to return to school in a safe and responsible manner and as a school community, we must abide by the guidance provided.
If Southern Cayuga is permitted to reopen schools, we will utilize a hybrid instructional model, blending in-person instruction and remote learning on alternating days. Specifically, students would attend school in person on either an A or B day and stay home on the opposite day. The model reduces class size by 50%, allows for appropriate social distancing, and reduces the need for masks for a portion of the day. Students from the same household will attend in-person instruction on the same day.
Furthermore, elementary classrooms will be self-contained, with two adults working with 12 or fewer students on a daily basis. Our goal is to have no other students or staff members enter a self-contained pod of students at any point during the day. Our safety conscious approach will limit contact and thus lower the potential for infection. We recognize the safety challenges for our younger students and the need for additional adult support.
Our secondary school will also be at 50% capacity each day and students will notice far fewer students in classrooms and in the hallways during transitions. Bell schedules have been adjusted to reduce the number of students passing in hallways at the same time. Social distancing and masks will become a norm at school.
The purpose of the overview is to provide the basic ‘gist’ of what we are planning to do. Details can be found on the additional pages of this reopening document which can be located on the district webpage. Governor Cuomo announced that a decision about reopening schools would be forthcoming by August 7.
SCCS Superintendent of Schools